Rising Stars is a culinary trade magazine published quarterly by StarChefs, celebrating the most innovative young culinary talent in the featured region. I had just come off of re-designing the entire magazine several weeks prior, and was ready to expand on the innovations of the previous issue. I designed, laid out, illustrated, and art directed this entire 96-page issue in under a month. Every page is designed by me, and I provided every illustration in the interior (except the illustrations on pages 70 and 81, which are by my talented intern Katie Danaher).
I also provided art direction for the cover, which was produced by Colorado illustrator Rachel Jablonski. The cover is a play on the Colorado flag (it's everywhere in Denver!) and Finnan Haddie, a traditional Colorado dish of crescent shaped bread and smoked fish.
Lucky Peach tribute spread (RIP)
StarChefs has a large cookbook library. This was inspired by the 1955 Esquire cookbook, illustrated by the late great Charmatz.
The bulk of Rising Stars is bios of the winners and their signature dishes. It is always a challenge to make them flow, stay consistent, but remain engaging.
Rising Stars's elegant type system is extremely flexible, readable, and pairs well with a variety of illustration and design styles.
This issue has a lot of great details, like this little portrait of a sommelier on the corner of a recipe page.